Those of you who are long-time LBS readers may recall a feature we used to run called Siren Games. Today, we’ve decided to bring that feature back. For our newer readers, a Siren Game is a performance a player has that alerts you that he is the real deal, thus affirming the existence of the hype surrounding that player. If you tuned in to last night’s Eastern Conference Finals game between the Bruins and Lightning, you should have no problem understanding the concept of a Siren Game.
Tyler Seguin was selected by the Bruins with the second overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft — a selection they received from Toronto as part of the Phil Kessel trade. After trading Kessel, Boston was said to lack a true scorer. Peter Chiarelli and the Bruins font office hoped Seguin would be the answer to their troubles.
To make a long story short, the Lightning and Bruins combined for as many goals (11) in Game 2 as Seguin had all season. As the season progressed Claude Julien cut back the rookie’s minutes, noting that he still needed to develop and improve defensively. As a result, Seguin was left off the postseason roster.